The president of Alltech, the title sponsor of the World Equestrian Games held a free lunch Monday at the Carolina Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C. for anyone interested in learning more about the WEG and Alltech’s involvement. Dr. Pearse Lyons gave a very inspiration talk about how being involved in WEG can bring attention to your business or product.
Did you know that WEG will be the largest sporting event in the United States since the 2007 Winter Olympic Games? In addition to the equestrian activities, there will be a great deal of other entertainment, an International Pavilion, a Kentucky Pavilion and more.
Almost a third of the anticipated ticket sales have already been sold, and a lot of merchandise has been sold as well. Even though the games are still over 300 days away, the excitment is building.
Barbara Chapman and Razilee in the Bamboo Blast
With over 1000 photos to download and look at, I’m afraid I got a little behind and broke my promise to have them up yesterday.
Mary Alice Farina aka Batman approach the Princeton obstacle
Penny Stuckey Freeman in the Halloween Hump obstacle
Deborah Branson and her Welsh Pony pair in the Halloween Hump
Eleanor Gallagher in the Pumpkin Heads
Gerilyn Scott makes a quick exit from Obstacle 3
Keady Cadwell - prepares for a spot on the WEG team
Rebecca DeRose, placed 4th in the Training Single Horse class
The marathon is over, and it is always considered successful when there are no accidents, turnovers or protests. The weather didn’t turn out as the weather channel predicted. It never got to 70 with sun. Rather it stayed in the low 60s at best with clouds. Good for the horses and ponies, however. As mentioned previously, Section A was rough, but all made it through. In Section E, the obstacles were placed so that two could easily be viewed without much movement by spectators and fans, and all six could be see if one wanted to exert oneself just a little bit. I’m sorry that I can post some photos tonight, but will get them up tomorrow. Complete results can be viewed at www.drivingnews.us but here are the highlights:
Training Single Pony: Sally Sutherland
Training Single Horse: Bonnie Fahrner
Training Pair Horse: Tom Burgess
Training Horse Fours: Cindy O’Reilly
Int. Single Pony: Suzan Sallstrom
Int. Pair Ponies: Deborah Branson
Intermediate Pony Fours: Eleanor Gallagher
Intermediate Single Horse: Kate Shields
Intermediate Horse Fours: Gary Stover
Prelim. Single Pony: Paul Maye
Prelim. Pair Pony: Meghan Benge
Prelim. Pony Tandem: Ed Hopkins
Prelim. Single Horse: Barbara Chapman
Prelim. Pair Horse: Ed Werner
Wind and rain was the weather pattern at Pine Tree CDE today. Morning was warm but very windy. Shortly after the lunch break the clouds that were building let loose and rain fell in torrants for a couple of hours. The poor volunteers were left to huddle under umbrellas as the tents had long ago been taken down, or blown down.
Tom Burgess in Training Level Pair Horse
Kate Shields really wowed judges Boots Wright and Dana Bright scoring just 29 penalties in the Intermediate single horse class. Unfortunately a trace came undone during cones (in the rain) and she incurred extra penalties there. Full results can be found at www.drivingnews.us
Bonnie Fahrner is leading the Training Level Single Horse Class
The rain stopped just as the competition came to an end, and it looks like it will be a lovely day tomorrow for the marathon. The competitors’ dinner was held at Big Sky under the tent and the overhang of the barn. Beef tenderloin and roast turkey along with numerous sides and salads boosted everyone’s spirits.
Rebecca Gutierrez, 3rd so far in Prelim Single Horse
Richard Pringle and Amy Dragstra go over the schedules
Another beautiful day in Southern Pines! More people arrived and are settling in. The early birds get the best parking spots. A warning to those who haven’t arrived yet – don’t rely on GPS! Use the directions in the Omnibus or from the Secretary and Organizers. You may end up on a road to nowhere!
Packets are being prepared with schedules and obstacle information. More decorations are going up.
For the winners!
There are entries for Training level through Intermediate with several four-in-hands and tandems all at various levels. Training level will do five obstacles, Prelim and Intermediate will do six.
How things can change in a day. This morning there were arrows and course gates, but by 4 p.m. the cones course had been set up, decorations placed in their designated spots in the obstacles, party tent, tables, chairs, centerpieces all looking very festive.
Even the orange cones and orange tape cooperate with the Halloween theme.
A few competitors have arrived but most will come tomorrow or Friday. Many competitors live close enough to drive over each day.